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Duke-NUS plays pivotal role in S’pore biomedical sciences: Iswaran

The Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School has played a pivotal role in providing the pipeline of local talent to serve Singapore's biomedical sciences sector, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Office S Iswaran.

SINGAPORE: Singapore's biomedical sciences sector was worth S$23.7 billion last year, with the republic being the Asian hub for the sector.

And the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School has played a pivotal role in providing the pipeline of local talent to serve the industry, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Office S Iswaran.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony for the school's fourth batch of graduates on Saturday, Mr Iswaran said the Duke-NUS students have been prolific in research and creating patents.

The class of 2014 was no exception, with two students securing a patent for an integrated medical device to diagnose lumps in the neck.

Mr Iswaran added that Singapore will continue to invest in and nurture a strong core of scientific and medical talent.

"Nowhere will the need for new therapies and healthcare solutions be more keenly felt than here in Asia. One key factor is the growth of the middle class and rising disposable incomes.

“Singapore's research institutions, including Duke-NUS are in a unique position to meet this need,” he said. 

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